Ingomar gave the Lady Bulldogs all they could handle in a Tuesday night showdown that was drastically different from last week’s game at Ingomar.
Defeating the Lady Falcons 55-35 during Thanksgiving break, New Albany saw a different team take the court; one that took several second half leads and only lost 55-54.
“When you go on the road and beat a county rival by double digits, then you play them again in the next game, it has an effect and makes the girls think they can just go out and do it again,” New Albany coach John Stroud said. “Ingomar was very motivated to make-up for last week, and they played harder. With the exception of Jazmine (Spears), we just played through the motions and didn’t play to our full potential.”
Spears had 11 of New Albany’s 16 first quarter points and helped the Lady Bulldogs to an early 9-2 lead. Heather Dillard hit a three for the Lady Falcons, making it a 16-11 game.
Mallory Adair stepped up in the second quarter for Ingomar, scoring eight points and tying the game at 23 after back-to-back three pointers. Spears scored the final seven points of the half, giving New Albany the 30-23 lead.
Adair put the Lady Falcons ahead on a three-point play in the third, but that was quickly answered by three-pointer by Lauren Dunalp. Ingomar led once more, 41-40, at the end of the third. New Albany outscored the Lady Falcons, 15-9, in the fourth quarter to pull away for the win.
Spears finished with a game-high 37 points and 13 rebounds. Kayla Parker had seven points for the Lady Bulldogs.
“We didn’t see much from the rest of the team,” Stroud said. “Outside of Jazmine, we shot 7-for-28 as a team, and that was the difference in the game. There were times where Jazmine had four girls on her and we couldn’t make the 15-foot shots we needed.”
“Going into division play, we’ve got to continue to improve on our shooting, and we’re still trying to find the right four-person chemistry to compliment Jazmine.”
Adair led the Lady Falcons with 16 points, followed by Kate Webb with 11 and 10 points from Reid Little.
New Albany 72 Ingomar 69 (boys)
In another close game between county rivals, Jarrell Lipsey had the final say, hitting the game-winning three-pointer for the Bulldogs.
Both teams battled back and forth with New Albany holding a 37-35 lead at the half. Tied at 69 with 30 seconds remaining, the Bulldogs held on to the ball and found an open Lipsey with the game-winning shot.
Lipsey finished with 22 points to lead New Albany, followed by 16 points from Harrison Harding and 10 from Eric Chaney.